Red Cross Samoa Donates To Cyclone Stricken Tuvalu

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Police patrol boat to deliver supplies

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, March 17, 2015) – While attention focuses on cyclone Pam’s devastation in Vanuatu last weekend, Red Cross Samoa was quick to respond to the aid of Tuvalu who was also badly affected by cyclone Pam.

Yesterday, The Police patrol boat Nafanua is on her way to Tuvalu carrying more than $300,000 [US$127,000] worth of material goods for residents who have been mainly affected by flooding and high waves and are short of drinking water.

The donation includes tarpaulins, clothes, sheets, sanitizers, containers, water filters, shelters and other necessity materials.

Red Cross President Vaasilifiti Moelagi Jackson said it is Red Cross normal practice to respond quickly to the needs of the people after any natural disaster.

Vaasilifiti said, due to the urgency of the call from the Red Cross International, Red Cross Samoa pulled out all the material things stored in their office, packed them and shipped them off to Tuvalu.

She said Red Cross Samoa is always ready to respond provided that they have the resources.

In Tuvalu’s case, they were fortunate that their office had stored materials donated by other organisations which they stored for times of emergency.

"We are also fortunate that New Zealand and Australian Government has pledged to replace the material things sent to Tuvalu for future cases," said Vaasilifiti.

APPEAL FOR VANUATU

Red Cross Samoa now focuses on assisting Vanuatu.

"We are going to appeal to the public tomorrow to donate whatever they could for the people of Vanuatu," said Va’asilifiti.

The appeal will be held in-front of the Government building whole day tomorrow, and for the rest of the week and they will take whatever the public donates.

She also voiced her sadness in the lack of response from the churches.

The cyclone is still circulating in the Pacific with New Zealand also feeling the impact of Pam today.

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